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In Beijing you can find everything from efficient new budget hotels to over-the-top bastions of luxury. Our favorite places all have unique qualities of their own, from vertiginous views to show-stopping, old-world opulence.
There's simply no comparison to a stay at the China World Summit Wing, Beijing, as it is the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel in the entire city. Floor-to-ceiling windows in each guest room of this opulent lodge located between the 64th and 77th floors of the China World Summit Tower give guests an unparalleled view of Beijing. It's a bit farther away from tourist hotspots like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City than other options, but when you consider the indoor infinity pool, the delicious menu at Grill 79 and the sultry Atmosphere bar on the 80th floor, that's a small sacrifice to make.
A prime location and seemingly flawless service make The Peninsula Beijing a swank favorite of international business travelers. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel was one of the first big brands to debut in China’s capitol city when it was opened to Westerners 1989. Though the guest rooms are now ready for a fresh up, the utterly accommodating staff makes up for whatever the facilities lack. Jing, the hotel’s acclaimed contemporary restaurant, serves updated Asian cuisine, while Huang Ting offers traditional Cantonese dishes in a setting designed to resemble a (very upscale) Qing-era courtyard.
The Grand Hyatt Beijing, a gleaming glass tower of a hotel, has so many amenities you never need leave the property. The fitness center and spa at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel include a sprawling, basement-level indoor pool that’s a simulated fantasyland of palm trees, star-studded skies and waterfalls. And the restaurant Made in China is one of the city’s top and tastiest spots for Peking duck.
We like to think of The St. Regis Beijing, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, as a gem among Beijing hotels. It’s classically elegant (last renovated in early 2008) and delivers impeccable white-glove service from your arrival to departure. The concierge staff is particularly adept at arranging car service or tours and can steer you to the city’s best shops and restaurants. Twice-daily butler service keeps the rooms sparkling and neat, and we appreciate the fresh flowers and fluffy, high-quality towels.
The Raffles Beijing Hotel is housed in two buildings (one that dates back to the 1900s and one that’s a modern tower), and has one of the city’s most enviable locations just steps from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Wangfujiang’s shopping. Rooms at this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel are swathed in romantic chintzes, oriental rugs and French furnishings, but also include contemporary touches like flat-screen TVs and DVD players on request. You can lounge in the classic Writers Bar (named for the many famous authors who have stayed here) or dine at Jaan, the acclaimed onsite French restaurant.
We recommend the Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing for several reasons: its proximity to attractions like the Summer Palace and Beijing Exhibition Hall, its personalized service and, quite frankly, its serene location away from the hustle and bustle of Beijing's busiest areas. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel offers luxurious guest rooms and amenities, of course, but we'd be remiss if we didn't also suggest carving out some time to relax in the onsite garden. Koi ponds, waterfalls and Chinese pavilions create an atmosphere perfect for unwinding after a long flight or a day filled with meetings.
Modern luxury defines a stay at The Regent Beijing, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel that opened in 2005. Flat-screen TVs, a late-night spa that stays open until 1 a.m. and an impressive fitness center are just a few details that make this Beijing hotel stand out from its competitors. Should your wanderlust require more options, you'll have no problem finding your way to the closest subway — the Dengshikou stop is located just beneath the hotel.
Aman at Summer Palace is a prominent Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel that allows guests to experience the peace and tranquility of old China as they slumber in beautiful pavilions that date back more than a century. The building was originally used to host royal guests; you'll be treated like royalty, too, as you relax in your comfortable king sized bed, unwind at the Four-Star Aman Spa and indulge in traditional Cantonese fare in the hotel's restaurant.
Traditional Chinese décor and world-class luxury come together at Park Hyatt Beijing. Take the elevator to the 63rd floor of the Yintai Centre to check in to this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Once you check into your guest room, unwind amidst Ming- and Qing-era furnishings as you plot your next move: will you grab a cocktail at the XIU bar, consult the tri-lingual concierge on the best things to do in Beijing or treat yourself to a spa treatment? There's no wrong choice.